Regarding the Saturday Dispatch article "Sequestration cuts will shortchange students, universities say," I wish to emphasize the effect that sequestration cuts could have on education for all age groups.
Regarding the Saturday Dispatch article “Sequestration cuts will shortchange students, universities say,” I wish to emphasize the effect that sequestration cuts could have on education for all age groups. Cuts to Head Start, Early Head Start and child-care assistance would negatively affect future generations of lower-income students.
The Obama administration estimated that 70,000 children will lose Head Start services and 30,000 children and families will lose child-care assistance under the Child Care Development Block Grant. Sequestration also would cut Title I K-12 education funding for schools in low-income communities — that’s more than $25 million in cuts in Ohio alone.
The article highlighted how devastating the cuts will be for college students. The impending cuts would deny work-study aid to about 1,500 students in Ohio. But when we also consider that about 15 percent of Ohioans between 18 and 25 did not complete high school, the need to protect future generations of students from long-term cuts to education in Ohio is essential.
For poor children to succeed, we need to invest in all levels of education, while also protecting SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid for lower-income families.
- MARCUS ERRIDGE